“Red Dwarf” returns in 2009

 

From the official “Red Dwarf” web site, 

As announced by Robert Llewellyn for Grant Naylor Productions this week at the UKTV seasonal press launch, the project is a short series of brand new specials to celebrate the 21st birthday of Red Dwarf.

Doug Naylor will be masterminding the four half-hour instalments, and the regular cast will all be reprising their iconic roles. They are being made by GNP for UKTV’s free-to-air channel, Dave …

Robert told comedian/host Michael McIntyre, “We’re doing four new shows with the original cast. Two of them are going to be, like, proper episodes of Red Dwarf. One of them is so exciting I’ve been asked not to say anything about that because other people will steal the idea – and it is a great idea, quite challenging for us as performers. And the other one is a kind of behind-the-scenes-y… the truth. There’s been so many rumours and gossip about Red Dwarf, about whether there’s going to be a movie and whether we all get on, all those things… The downside for me, which is just dawning on me now, is I’ve got to do the ‘rubber’ thing again, which I haven’t done for ten years.”

For the record, and direct from the makers, the details of the four shows right now – while wholly subject to change – are:

Show One – The Making Of The Specials
A highly entertaining look at what goes on behind the scenes on a Red Dwarf production.

Show Two – Red Dwarf Special: Part One
The cast get back into character, and costume, a decade on…

Show Three – Red Dwarf Special: Part Two
The adventure continues…

Show Four – A Clip Show With a Serious Difference
The cast do it their way. Red Dwarf as you have never, ever seen it before!

 

The shows will broadcast sometime in 2009 and, if successful, could pave the way for further Red Dwarf TV projects. Thanks to movie and broadcaster wrangles, Grant Naylor haven’t been in a position to produce new Red Dwarf since Series VIII went out to audiences of over eight million in 1999. This exciting development suggests a new and shiny future for everyone’s favourite sci-fi comedy.

Talk about a project I never thought I’d see.  I’m sure I’m not the only fan who thought the last “Red Dwarf” moment we’d ever see was the infamous cliffhanger ending of Series Eight.  I’m also sure there are a lot of people who are reluctant to see this happen for a number of reasons, not least of which was the decline in quality the show experienced after Series Six.  I, however, am optimistic for a number of reasons.

1.It’s been 10 years since the end of Season Eight.  That is plenty of time to get the creative juices going again.

2.They’re playing it safe and only doing two episodes (plus the specials) instead of a full season. Doing only two episodes means they have to be a lot tighter story-wise, and only the funniest of jokes and best plot points will have to stay.

3.Doug Naylor is in charge and the original cast is coming back.  Sure, the show lost a certain something when Rob Grant departed, but the show would not be the same without everyone else.  I think we all learned that from Chris Barrie’s departure in Series Seven and return in Series Eight.  Plus, the cast members have aged remarkably well, and could slip into their roles again without looking too ridiculous.

They’re already talking about doing more specials after these, provided the 2009 episodes do well.  I just hope they learn from the last time they ended the show on cliffhangers and give us a self-contained story, so we don’t have to wait three to 10 years for the conclusion.

Source: Official Red Dwarf site

GS Reporter: Luke

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